Sunday, March 20, 2011

Students, faculty call for removal of UP Cebu dean | Philippine Collegian

Students, faculty & staff call for removal of UP Cebu dean | Philippine Collegian

Students, faculty members and staff from UPCC launched a series of protests on March 1, 8 and 11 to call for the removal of Avila.

Avila was accused of undermining student participation in the governance of the UPCC when he removed the student representative position inthe College Executive Committee (ExeCom), the highest policy-making body of UPCC.

Also, Avila is said to have breached the principle of democratic governance when he disregarded the College Security Committee’s recommendation of rehiring fifteen security personnel, said Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante Spokesperson and incoming UPCC Student Council Vice Chairperson Kristian Jacob Abad Lora.

Avila allegedly abused his discretionary powers when he denied the appeal for tenure of qualified faculty and filled up administrative and academic positions without holding a democratic search process, said UPCC Computer Science Professor Chito Patiño.

Aside from violating the UP Charter, the dean also breached provisions of the Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act when he did not act on complaints of graft and corruption against UPCC Budget Officer Alsidry Sharif and Administrative Officer Ernesto Pineda, said Patiño.

“The UP-cherished values of collegiality, informed debate, and democratic governance must be upheld [but] this is not possible with Avila and his cohorts in the college’s midst. [They] should go,” said Lora.

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